Learning With Picture Books

Learning About Kindness, Compassion, and Empathy Through Picture Books

The research has shown that reading aloud to children has so many benefits for their intelligence and emotional attachment, as well as enrichment and growth from the specific content. ROCK’s Kindness, Compassion, and Empathy Library selections are a useful way to reap the benefits of reading aloud while also starting a conversation about what it means to be kind in daily life. We are grateful for the grant fundig that helped us begin building our library. 

Check out our Tips for Reading Kindly with Kiddos. So let’s get started!

The Lion and the Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney

A wordless picture book about a kind act inspired by compassion

Flora the Flamingo

by Molly Idle

A wordless picture book about an unlikely friendship and connection through music and dance

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Pena, illus. Christian Robinson

Learn about empathy and perspective-taking in an urban setting

If You Plant a Seed

by Kadir Nelson

One kind act leads to a bountiful harvest for a community

Cover for /Please, Mr. Panda/

by Steve Antony

Using your manners can be delicious

Book cover for Janan Cain's /The Way I Feel/

by Janan Cain

Identify emotions and discuss how to manage big feelings

A cartoon brontosaurus works on her ballet skills

by James Howe, illus. Randy Cecil

Practicing self-compassion and being a good friend to support others' dreams

A book cover featuring a cartoon dinosaur stomping its large foot in a bedroom

by Jane Yolen, illus. Mark Teague

Learn about managing big emotions productively and humorously in Yolen's popular series

Contact Us

We would love to start a conversation with you about the work we do at ROCK. Please email us at rock@fgcu.edu